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Sigma12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon)
 
4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Durable (13)
  • Consistent output (11)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Low light (6)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Night photography (4)
  • Video (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Definitely Ultra Wide

Even though there are a few flaws which I shall point out, I'm giving the Sigma 12-24 II 5 stars because it can produce some outstanding images. To me, great landscape shots...Read complete review

Even though there are a few flaws which I shall point out, I'm giving the Sigma 12-24 II 5 stars because it can produce some outstanding images. To me, great landscape shots (which is what this lens is all about) include details from both foreground and background, which only an ultra wide angle lens is capable to produce. The 12-24 II at 12mm wins the race in that respect. Secondly, the images need to be sharp corner to middle to corner, covering foreground and background. Again, the 12-24 II is the winner. I have tested it against the Tokina 16-28, the Canon 17-40, and the Samyang 14mm (easily worst of the bunch).
To be fair, I didn't compare it with the Canon 14mm or 16-35mm, as those lenses were well beyond my budget. But my understanding is these are close to the 17-40mm, which the 12-24 II barely beat out in my testing.

Now some flaws:
The dang lens hood/cap keeps falling off! It's too loose!
Switches from auto to manual focus constantly when the camera is attached with my black rapid strap.
Some green flare artifacts show up when pointed near the sun.
Barrel distortion is quite heavy when shooting buildings at the 12mm end.
Not the smallest and lighest UWA lens around.

Again, even with these flaws, I still give it 5 stars mainly because it is capable of producing some outstanding landscape images, better than most of it's competition.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Meh. Not a great lens, not a bad lens.

The Sigma 12-24mm is an ok lens, but that's about it. With a maximum aperture of f4.5-5.6, it's slow, and edge sharpness is not that good at times - you want...Read complete review

The Sigma 12-24mm is an ok lens, but that's about it. With a maximum aperture of f4.5-5.6, it's slow, and edge sharpness is not that good at times - you want to stop down a couple of stops.
I shoot adventure and extreme sporting events, and need a superwide regularly. I bought this lens because the 12mm f2.8 I really wanted wasnt't available and I needed a superwide for a recent event. It did the job, but not as well as I was hoping for. Also, the zoom ring works opposite to every other zoom I have - not a good thing in a fast-paced event.
"Meh" is about as enthusiastic as I can get about this one.

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5.0

I am in LOVE with this lens

By Em

from Iowa City, Iowa

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

The photos you capture using this literally make you feel like you are going to step right into the scene. I am so glad I decided to purchase it.

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4.0

Glad I Purchased this Lens

By Ludis

from Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

I read many reviews - over a period of several months - before purchasing this lens. I found the reviews to be mostly accurate as far as distortion and other undersirables are concerned. As stated in the reviews, there is more distortion and and more softness near the edges. But much of this can be taken care of with software such as Lightroom. Lightroom's Lens Correction features really make this a very worthwhile purchase for the price.

So, there is a bit more to do (in the post) with this lens than there seems to be for some of the more pricy lens (e.g. Canon's 11-24mm lens). But for the price ($949 compared to the nearly $2900.00 Canon price I have seen), a little more effort in the Post is a small and welcomed price to pay to use the Sigma 12-24mm lens.

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5.0

Fabulous Lens for my needs

By PoppAShot

from Cincinnati, Ohio

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    I use the lens for realty photographs and it's beautiful. Wide without vignette on a full frame camera. Just what I needed

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    5.0

    An Affordable FULL frame lens for Canon

    By The Tech Builder

    from Orlando Florida USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    This item fit the ticket for wide photography both inside and out. Good construction, comes with a sturdy lens shade and solid lens cover. Has no issues with focus or calibration (I have it on a Canon 5dIII and tested it with a focus program and it is spot on). I waited to do this review so that I can make sure I thoroughly tested this lens before commenting on it.

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    5.0

    More and more like it!

    By AmazingEricOne

    from Gainsville, Florida

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    Great lens in a great price. Love it! But the bulk lens make it difficult to use filters.

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    4.0

    Very happy with it!

    By Mike

    from Hernando, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    Only giving it four stars instead of five because it does have a bit of a fish eye type affect if you are shooting your target on an angle. Straight and level is great.

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    5.0

    Great Wide Angle Lens

    By AmazingEricOne

    from Plano, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    As the Canon 11-24 lens is too expensive to me, so, I choose this one as my wide angle lens. Now, I got 11-24 wide angle zoom lens, 24-70 standard zoom lens and a 70-200 telephoto zoom lens.
    The best part of this lens is the price, it is relatively cheap among the wide zoom lens. The optical quality is not that so bad as well. The auto focus is also fast.
    However, the same problem with every other super wide angle lens, it is not that so easy to use filters for this one.

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    5.0

    Love this lens

    By Kashi

    from New york

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    Used this sigma 12-24 lens with my 5D mark3 without any problem, quality came out great.
    I used this for my landscape or interior application photos and I knew it's an f4.5 lens so using a tripod is necessary at low light space.
    Compare with canon 11-24 f4, this is much cheaper. I would recommend this.

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    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The widest for Full Frame

    By Peace Of Asia

    from Cambodia

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

    I have two of these 12-24 lenases; a 2004 version for Nikon and 2012 version for Canon. The earlier 12-24 was soft at the edges at wide apertures; but good at F8. Both are very good for archichitecture; interiors and landscapes
    The later 2011 version is significantly better wide open; but does require skill in use to get the best out of it. Its also well built and tough. I dropped mine on a shoot and although the metal hood bent there was no other damage.
    As a very critical professional user its been used a lot more than I would have expected. It outclasses my Canon 24-105L at 24mm and I would not be without it.
    The only downside to it is that is a slow lens; but for architecure and Landscape, a tripod and small aperture is reccomended for max depth of field.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Landscape Photography

    By Rado

    from Chicago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

      Super wide great quality lens from Sigma!!

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      3.0

      Meh. Not a great lens, not a bad lens.

      By Scott at Talespin Media

      from Fairbanks, Alaska

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

        The Sigma 12-24mm is an ok lens, but that's about it. With a maximum aperture of f4.5-5.6, it's slow, and edge sharpness is not that good at times - you want to stop down a couple of stops.
        I shoot adventure and extreme sporting events, and need a superwide regularly. I bought this lens because the 12mm f2.8 I really wanted wasnt't available and I needed a superwide for a recent event. It did the job, but not as well as I was hoping for. Also, the zoom ring works opposite to every other zoom I have - not a good thing in a fast-paced event.
        "Meh" is about as enthusiastic as I can get about this one.

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        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sharp and clear but high vignetting

        By Allan

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp And Clear Photos
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Excessive vignetting

        Best Uses

        • Interior Real Estate
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

        I use this lens for interior real estate photography on a full frame Canon 6D. I generally shoot at about 15mm FL and reserve shooting wider for extremely tight spots such as small bathrooms.

        Good Points: Very pleased with the sharpness and clarity of photos. Much better than any other UWA lenses I have had or currently own. Well-built.

        Bad Points: Very poor as far as vignetting is concerned. Light fall-off pretty much the entire zoom range is significant. Comparing it to my Tokina 17-35, there is no virtually no vignetting with the Tokina but obvious and significant vigetting with the Sigma 12-24 (both set to 17mm). However, the sharpness and clarity is so much better with the Sigma. So, I guess it is a tradeoff.

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        1.0

        Horrible miss

        By Yucelphoto

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Poor image quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

            I shoot a lot of wide angle and do love certain Sigma glass.

            Not sure if I could give zero stars or would. This lens has no reason to exist, except as one of those mistakes one makes on the way to learning what could be.

            It is in every way inferior to the lower priced 8-16mm crop sensor lens. IN EVERY WAY INFERIOR.

            It weights more, costs more, and is not as clear/sharp/error free.

            The 8-16mm is a good lens, and performs better ON FULL FRAME, than does the 12-24... how is that possible? Cause the 12-24mm is just a plain and simple (tho expensive) miss.

            I've shot this lens along with the the 8-16 on a Nikon D800 full frame camera. The smaller 8-16mm had good image quality, the 12-24 had poor image quality.

            The effectively usable images were in all cases WORST with the 12-24. You can always do better with the 8-16. Get rid or and don't buy the 12-24.

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            5.0

            Sigma 12-24 really performs well

            By Smiley

            from Seattle

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Small size

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • architectural

              Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

              I use wide angle for architectural images and this lens is so great for my work. Almost no edge distortion when level, super wide angle and such a compact lens. I will be using this lens often.

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              5.0

              a great lens

              By gnomieee

              from East Coast, NSW Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Reliable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

                I have been using this lens on my D700 for eighteen months now to shoot low light architectural interiors. The combination of the extreme wide angle & the exceptional low light capabilities of the camera have allowed me to capture images way beyond anything I could ever achieve before.
                Yes I could dredge up a few minor complaints, but these are far outweighed
                by the positive results & wonderful photographs.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens

                By DHPhoto

                from Vancouver, BC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Fun
                • Strong Construction
                • Unique

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No Filters

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

                I too was dubious about whether this lens would be sharp, and was pleasantly surprised to find it very sharp, certainly much more so than I was expecting. You can get shots with this lens you just cannot get with any other. Yes, it has the normal very wide angle distortion, but work with it and be aware of it and it is not a problem and use it creatively. My lens cap doesn't fall off though I would have preferred a positive catch to ensure it couldn't, and yes, filters would be nice - at least a gel filter holder at rear - and you do have to be careful. But there are filter holders and filters out there that can be used for very wide angles with no threads (Wonderpano?) if you really need that and are prepared to pay for it. It is also a bit slow, I guess. Overall, a super fun lens and great value.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens!

                By travelphotog

                from Petersburg, AK

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

                    We used to have the Sigma 8-16mm for our Canon 40d and it was our go to lens for landscape photography. When we upgraded to the full-frame 6d we bought this lens. We love it just as much as the 8-16mm and it is still our go to lens for landscape photography!

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Surprizingly sharp

                    By Derek

                    from Vancouver

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Sharp

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Ultra Wide Angle Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

                    I was a bit dubious as to whether this lens would satisfy me as far as image quality was concerned but it certainly does. Quite sharp edge to edge and no more distortion than is acceptable with lenses this wide. A little chromatic aberration was fixed with a single click in Lightroom 5. The aperture is a tad small but I can live with that for this quality at this price. Excellent value.My lens was the Canon fitting, for FF (5DIII).

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    For me, this is a must-have lens.

                    By Styxter

                    from Central NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Forget About Polarizers
                    • Forget Using Filters
                    • Front Element Vulnerable
                    • Keeping It From My Son

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

                    * Great for when I want to take as much territory as possible in a single shot - especially when the conditions are not conducive to shooting a panoramic.

                    * Enables me to take unique photographs that are only possible with a lens of this ultra-width.

                    * Enables me to deliberately exaggerate or diminish the apparent size of specific subjects.

                    * Frequently provides me with a distinct advantage when I'm shooting in competitive situations.

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                    (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    a picture says more than thousand words

                    By Swiss Mountain Traveller

                    from Switzerland

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (For Canon):

                      For landscape pictures just amazing, especially in the mountains

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